Denis Kelly is an Irish artist who makes abstract paintings characterised by hard edge colour motifs, predominantly painted flat on wooden surfaces. He holds an MFA in painting from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and a BA Honours Degree from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology Dún Laoghaire. Previously, he worked for a number of years as a graphic designer in Dublin taking up painting in 2007. In 2012, he was shortlisted as one of the top ten graduates at the International UA Awards and more recently has been awarded Kildare County Council Arts Act Grant in 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019 and the Emerging Visual Artist Bursary Award 2015. His paintings are part of the Office of Public Works Collection and the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Collection. He is a current member of Visual Arts Ireland and his studio is located just outside Dublin in County Kildare.
My work is a playful, idiosyncratic response to the built environment and employs a strict reductive language that explores light, form and space. Ultimately, the intention is to allude rather than describe allowing curious forms to materialise and manifest within the painting, where tension is created by opposing and contradictory elements – figure/ground, control/chance, construction/destruction, revelation/concealment.